What’s on your calendar this fall? The Triangle region has a big city feel with oodles of Southern charm. It’s a city where modern meets historic. There is so much to do and so many things to see that you will need to stay a few weeks to explore every corner of the region. Combined, the Research Triangle area (Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill) has a population of over two million. Springmoor residents have chosen to live in the city because of family, friends, universities or careers. Many have come for a visit and stayed because of the wide variety of cultural activities, restaurants, museums, festivals, parks and sports.
We invite you to come for a visit this fall and check out our Things To Do List! Continue reading →
Since opening in September 2017, the Meraki Arts Studio at Springmoor has served as a dedicated space for current and future residents, their families, instructors and staff to revel in the simple joys of creativity. Several instructors host a wide variety of art classes in media ranging from classics like painting to contemporary methods like fused glass and quilling. When residents participate, they frequently leave the studio’s classes with more than a piece of art – they gain confidence through the benefits of exercising the mind with a creative endeavor. Since its debut a year ago, the studio has flourished.
“Over the last year I have gone from teaching a couple classes a month to teaching several classes a week,” Gretchen Phillips, a local art instructor who teaches at Springmoor, shared. “We have had a tremendous amount of growth. The program receives great support from Resident Life Director, Leah Willis. The residents make the work I do here so rewarding.” Gretchen teaches Visual Journaling, Jewelry Design, Fabric Arts and many other mixed media classes. Continue reading →
The Transportation Team at Springmoor is always happy to take you where you need to go. Our five Springmoor drivers can be found all over the county taking residents to medical appointments, the grocery store or to the North Carolina Symphony at Meymandi Concert Hall. They drive residents across campus or across the county. Transportation is available for our residents for all of our Pathways activities and for doctor’s visits. Our cars and buses are on the road every day of the week.
Jim Woody has been driving for Springmoor for the past ten years. He knows everyone’s name and works every Monday through Friday, including holidays. Retiring a few times in his career, Jim can’t stay away for long. He loves to be busy! He will tell you that he drives 35 miles a day and never goes anywhere. To the residents, he goes everywhere! He starts the day cleaning the car and washing the windows. Afterwards, he sits down with a highlighter to plan his day. A schedule of on-campus physical therapy appointments, doctor’s appointments and Springmoor events is given to him each morning. The movie theatre, Aqua Fit and the Tai Chi classes in South Village always mean he will be on the go – back and forth across the campus many times. Jim is quick to open and close the car door for each resident. He helps load your belongings and carry them inside if needed. The pride he takes in his retirement job is much appreciated by everyone at Springmoor! Continue reading →
There was a table for four with one empty seat when Sandy walked into the Rightsizing Marketing Event at Springmoor. She was in the early stages of her search for a new home in Raleigh. Marilyn was seated at the table and invited Sandy to join them in the empty chair. The introductions were made and the two became fast friends during the meeting. Continue reading →
Summer means it’s time to travel. With a rich history of North Carolina sites to see, Springmoor has planned quite a few excursions this month and next. Of course, enjoying lunch or dinner with neighbors is always part of the trip’s adventure too. Dining along the way, with the best southern style restaurants on the map, is a must for everyone on the trip.
Liberty Hall Museum
The 1800’s Duplin County house was once home to the prominent Kenan family. The house has been restored and is now a Southern Historic Landmark Museum. Located in Kenansville, NC, this historical setting with many treasured family collections opened to the public in 1968.
Originally built in 1730, Thomas Kenan’s home has passed through many generations. The first Liberty Hall was furnished with pieces brought over from Europe. After a large fire, which destroyed the original house, Owen Rand, Thomas’ oldest son, rebuilt it. Income from the Liberty Hall plantation was primarily from sales of timber, pinch tar and turpentine. Continue reading →
Springmoor has an active tour schedule planned for the spring. Have you made reservations for the adventure to the zoo or to the museum? Would you prefer an afternoon tea at Fearrington or a trip to the Durham Bulls ballpark for nine innings of spring baseball? What’s your style? Leah Willis, our Resident Life Director, has planned an exciting and varied spring schedule for our residents. She has outdoor tours and evening dinners, lunch outings, movies and so much more on our calendar. Residents will want to make reservations immediately for these great trips as they all fill up quickly.
The calendar is published each month and in the residents’ mailboxes by the middle of the proceeding month. Those on our Wait List receive a schedule too. If transportation is available, Wait List participants are welcome to join the trip. Of course, if a Wait List participant wants to meet us at our destination, that’s also a possibility depending on our reservations. Every adventure is more fun with a friend and neighbor.
Whirligig Park & Museum
Our May calendar has a trip to Wilson to see the wind-powered sculptures of world renowned artist and engineer, Vollis Simpson. The Whirligig Park was designed to bring art and science together. The colors, motion and sounds will certainly dazzle you!
The New York Times described Simpson as “a visionary artist of the junkyard…who made metal scraps into magnificent things that twirled and jangled and clattered when he set them out on his land.” His interest in moving parts began when he was young. His father was in the house moving business. After the war, Vollis opened a machinery repair shop. His collection of odd parts continued to grow through the years. After his retirement, he began to construct enormous windmills in his yard and the field of whirligigs soon began.
Aloha Safari Zoo
This working zoo in Cameron is a true family affair. Lee Crutchfield’s mother, father and sister all have roles in the daily activities. “This is God’s gift to me. Every single day, I get to do the work I love,” he says. Rescuing animals in need has been his mission for many years. The Aloha Safari Zoo opened in 2010 and covers 60 acres. They are licensed for up to 500 animals and now have a current population of 450. The habitats are constructed with hurricane strength enclosures. They are all equipped with ultraviolet lighting to provide Vitamin D for its wide variety of species.
You will certainly want to stop by and see the Animal Art Gallery while you are there. Using non-toxic, water-based tempera paint and a canvas, they let the animals paint with their tails, toes or a brush. The artwork sales go to the upkeep of the park and the care of their animals.
Afternoon Tea at Fearrington Village
Would you prefer a quiet afternoon cup of tea? Tea sandwiches, French cakes, Southern-inspired tarts and jams from the Fearrington House Restaurant are a wonderful accompaniment to a loose-leaf tea or herbal flavored teas. Hot cinnamon, Organic green with Citrus, Peppermint or Fresh Mint are just a few of the many tea options on the menu.
Located just outside of Chapel Hill, the Fearrington House Restaurant has been offering fine dining for nearly 40 years. They are honored to be on the AAA Five Diamond list since 1995. There is an independent bookstore, a luxury women’s boutique, gift shop and wine shop in the Village. The Fearrington family established the 640-acre property as a dairy farm in 1930. Although the original owners have sold the land, the farm continues to be an important part of the community with gardens and animals providing many of the garnishes for the restaurant’s menus.
If an afternoon at the ballpark is more your cup of tea, then we invite you to join us for hotdogs, popcorn and a few curve balls at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Triple-A minor league baseball in the 10,000 seat stadium is a must see in our area. The ballpark was designed with many of the same characteristics of an old-time park complimenting the historic downtown Durham architecture. The Snorting Bull, the park’s most distinctive feature, was modeled after the bull used in the popular Bull Durham movie.
Last year the Durham Bulls were the Triple-A National Champs beating the Memphis Redbirds for the title. They have won the International League championship twice and look forward to a successful 2018 season ahead. Watch the calendar for the Springmoor date to join your neighbors for some of the best baseball in the area along with a chili dog and a bag of peanuts!
Chef & The Farmer
Vivian Howard, owner and chef, is this year’s award winner of the James Beard Foundation Best Television Personality. A Chef’s Life is the only television series ever to win a Peabody, an Emmy and a James Beard Award. Her fifth season begins on PBS in September. Her restaurant and her book, Deep Run Roots, is the recipient of many awards. Located in Kinston, Vivian and her husband, Ben, came home to North Carolina to be close to family. Her original plan was to become a journalist. Food became her passion after working at a few restaurants in New York City.
With her father’s encouragement (the farmer in the restaurant’s name), they opened Kinston’s first fine dining restaurant, the only one in a 100-mile radius. Travelers have made Chef & The Farmer a destination dining spot and now come from all over the nation to taste the southern ingredients she so carefully prepares. Continue reading →